Volunteers

Volunteers play a pivotal role in the success of our mission by assisting our staff in providing a safe and comfortable home for families in crisis.

We have many needs for volunteer support including: stocking supplies, preparing rooms for arriving families, tending the gardens, answering telephones, staffing special events and much more. Family House also needs volunteer support for our on-going fundraising efforts. Data entry, mailings, phone solicitation and event assistance are additional ways that you can volunteer!

If you are interested in volunteering your time, please complete our online application or download the PDF and return it to the Volunteer Coordinator, Amy Lenz (fax 415-514-6664). We will contact you as soon as possible to set up an interview and discuss your areas of interest. While your application will automatically be submitted, if you have questions, you can call Amy at 415-514-6663 or email her at alenz@familyhouseinc.org.
Thank you for considering becoming a Family House Volunteer!

Current Opportunities

There are a variety of opportunities for you to volunteer at Family House. We work with each volunteer to make sure your valuable time is used efficiently and productively. We have been fortunate to work with an abundance of hardworking San Francisco corporate, church, school and independent groups.

House Support Volunteers

Volunteers select a day of the week--morning or afternoon shift. The position includes working off a checklist to ensure that the house is well stocked and tidy. Other duties might include arts and crafts, reading, playing games with children, staffing the office, running errands, picking up food, and a variety of other tasks.

Corporate Volunteers

Corporate projects include prepping and painting bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas, gardening, deep-cleaning and other chores that can be completed in a group. This kind of help is invaluable to us and can definitely become a wonderful team building experience.

Saturday Work-Day Volunteers

Every Second Saturday of the month, we host a Saturday-Work-Day from 10am to 1pm at 1234 10th Avenue. This is the perfect opportunity for volunteers with limited schedules to work in a group setting on projects around the house. Projects may include but are not limited to organizing and disinfecting common areas, sorting donations, tending gardens, hosting arts and crafts days, and baking goodies for our families.
Please email volunteer coordinator, Amy Lenz at alenz@familyhouseinc.org to confirm your attendance at least one day before the event or if you have any questions. Be sure to dress comfortably and not wear anything that you do not want to get dirty.

Church Group Volunteers

The Tzu Chi Foundation, a Buddhist Compassion Group, helps out with monthly gardening, preparing nutritious meals throughout the year and with holiday dinners. Great Exchange Covenant Church joined us to prepare a special dinner for our families. Twenty volunteers showed up and not only prepared a delicious meal, but also made sure there were leftovers. What a treat! Temple Emanu-El sends teens to Family House monthly, where they provide a monthly meal and help out with holiday dinners. They also ran a toy drive among their students and donated canned goods during the holidays.

School and Independent Group Volunteers

High School students from Convent of the Sacred Heart, Stuart Hall and St. Ignatius College Preparatory volunteer at Family House utilizing their young energy and enthusiasm to interect with children and their siblings at the house, deep clean bedrooms, organize canned food shelves and toy closets. Two groups of developmentally disabled adults, ARC and WorkLink, serve Family House on a weekly basis. We are so fortunate to have their lively spirits working hard to keep our houses clean and tidy.

Special Talent Volunteers

We have some very special volunteers that come frequently to entertain the families: David Boswick "The Clown" Magidson, Bobbie the Bunny Thomas, and PAWS for Healing therapy dogs. You may have a special talent that we would love for you to share with our families.